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Ultimate USA Road Trip with a Big Family – Stops

    30 states, 20 national parks, 8 weeks, 5 kids

    Last time we met Terri and her family of seven who took the Ultimate Road trip with 30 states and 20 national parks in an eight-week period. Here we’ll share a map and stops they took during their trip.

    I used to plot the map. The site states that the trip was about 10,539 miles and about 183 hours and 22 minutes of driving!  Read the whole series!

    Coordinating map numbers and stops:

    1. Des Moines, IA

    2. Corn Palace -Mitchell, SD

    3. Badlands NP, SD

    4. Mt Rushmore NP, SD

    5. Wind Cave NP, SD

    6. Devils Tower National Monument, WY

    7. Big Horn National Forest, WY

    8. Yellowstone NP, WY

    9. Glacier NP, MT

    (through ID)

    10. Seattle, WA

    11. Olympic NP, WA

    12. Cannon Beach, OR

    13. Columbia River Gorge, OR

    14. Redwoods NP, CA

    15. Fort Bragg, CA

    16. San Francisco, CA

    17. Yosemite NP, CA

    18. Monterrey, CA

    19. San Simeon, CA

    20. Los Angeles, CA

    21. San Diego, CA

    22. Las Vegas, NV

    23. Grand Canyon NP, AZ

    24. Zion NP, UT

    25. Bryce Canyon NP, UT

    26. Arches NP, UT

    27. Canyonlands NP, UT

    28. Mesa Verde NP, CO

    29. Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM

    30. San Antonio, TX

    (drive through LA, AL, GA, MS, TN, and VA)

    31. Washington DC

    (drive through MD, DE, NJ)

    32. NYC, NY

    (Through CT)

    33. Cape Cod, MA

    (Drove home through PA, OH, IN IL)

    34. Home – Des Moines, IA

    URT Post 1 – Planning
    URT Post 2 – Stops
    URT Post 3 – Iowa to South Dakota

    Check out our National Park Guides to build your own road trip.

    Theresa Jorgensen

    Theresa Jorgensen

    Theresa Jorgensen is a mother to four children including twins. She recognized the necessity for a comprehensive resource of hotels that cater to big families with rooms and suites for 5, 6, 7, or 8 people in a single room while traveling with her own family. In 2008, she established SixSuitcaseTravel to compile a database of such hotels. Over time, the website has grown to include travel advice, itineraries, road trip suggestions, national park guides, and more. Theresa takes pleasure in assisting other big families in creating unforgettable travel experiences.